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Tesla opens design studio in Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic – Tesla is expanding its presence in the Czech Republic with a design studio for Czech customers, the U.S. company revealed in a press release.

Tesla launches design studio in Czech Republic

Tesla has opened its online design studio in the Czech Republic, where customers eager to buy the electric car-maker’s vehicles will be able to configure and order a Model S, Model X or Model 3.

“With all-electric range of up to 610 km [for the Model S Long Range], industry leading safety ratings and ample cargo space, there’s no reason not to go emissions free”, stressed Tesla spokeswoman Laura Hardy.

Deliveries will begin in the first half of 2020, with Tesla’s entry-level and most affordable vehicle, the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, starting at around 1.2 million Kc (around €50,000), including VAT and delivery fees. Its upscale model, the Model X Performance, can be ordered for nearly 3 million Kc (around €120,000).

According to Tesla’s policy, customers, if unsatisfied, can return their vehicle within seven days or 1,600 km after delivery for a full refund.

Tesla expands presence in Central and Eastern Europe

This is only the latest push from the electric car-maker to strengthen its foothold in the Czech Republic, home to the iconic Skoda car-maker which also has big plans for its electric and emission-free future.

Earlier this year, Tesla opened a service location in the Czech Republic to cater to local Tesla owners. The Czech Republic also counts three Supercharger locations for long-distance travels (one near Prague, another one north-east of Jihlava and the last one in Olomouc, Moravia). Two more should open soon in Ceske Budejovice and south of Liberec.

The Czech Ministry of Transport estimates that there are some 400 to 500 Tesla vehicle owners in the country at the moment.

Apart from the Czech market, the U.S. car-maker has in recent months been expanding its presence in all the eastern half of the continent. Last month, Tesla announced it was making its vehicles available for order in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia.

A few days ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also confirmed on Twitter long-standing rumours that he “hoped” to open stores in Slovakia, Croatia and Serbia in 2020.

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